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Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Review

7 Jan 2022

The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is a very desirable electric car from a very desirable brand. It has all the attributes of the saloon but with more space and a unique style of its own!

 

Porsche isn't exactly famous for its range of estate cars. With their usual selection of sports cars and convertibles, it was about time that they introduced a car like the Taycan Cross Turismo. This more affordable Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is still impressively fast and it handles beautifully. These attributes are balanced with plenty of comfort and luxury and are loved by sports car enthusiasts and luxury car lovers alike.
 
Initially launched as a Mission E-inspired four-door coupe, the Taycan has now blossomed into an extremely in-demand range from Porsche. It starts with more affordable rear- and all-wheel-drive Taycans through to the quasi-Allroad Cross Turismo. Porsche has also blessed the market with a GTS model, the first Taycan to offer over 300 miles of range, as has a Sport Turismo body style. 
 
The Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo shows how dramatically they have ripped up the rulebook for cars and their roles. Performance isn’t just for sports cars anymore and estates aren’t just for family trips, with the Taycan Cross Turismo, you can do both.
 

What Does The Taycan Cross Turismo Look Like?

Porsche describes the Taycan Cross Turismo as a five-door version of the regular Taycan all-electric four-door coupé. The taller, estate car-like body means it offers greater versatility and even more luxurious space inside.
 
While it is still a pricey vehicle to purchase outright, the stylish interior and modern technology (not to mention the quality of the driving experience) live up to expectations. The rear passenger room in the Cross Turismo is very impressive, with plenty of room for adults to sit in the back. The regular Cross Turismo is 20mm higher than a Taycan, but if you chose the off-road package then it gives it another 10mm of ride height courtesy of this gravel mode.
 
The off-road pack also adds plastic wheel arches and cladding, along with a 30mm boost in ground clearance. These changes don't exactly make the Cross Turismo an off-roader the G-Class or Land Rover but it should provide reassurance on a rough track or snow-covered road.
 
As well as the fundamentally prettier Bodystyle than alternative estate option, the Cross Turismo version brings a range of practical benefits. There's also impressive headroom thanks to the slightly longer roofline. There are also plenty of options when it comes to putting your Taycan Cross Turismo together such as lighter trims and fabric options. This is especially helpful since some might find that the one-piece front seats loom ahead of you when you’re sitting in the second row. Along with the extra headroom and range of trims, the boot space has been marginally increased over the standard model. With the seats down it is a reasonable 1,171 and is wide and accessible boot space. 
 
Its three screens (for the car's settings, infotainment and instruments) are all crisp and high-contrast and are incredibly responsive. One of the screens is placed behind the steering wheel and the two touchscreens in the middle of the dashboard. The screen cluster behind the steering wheel is a sleek-looking 16.8-inch curved digital screen that you can fully customise and can show all sorts of information. The majority of the car's features are controlled using a central 8.4in touchscreen and the 10.9in infotainment screen above it. There are not many physical buttons and finding touchscreen icons while driving isn’t very easy but the technology involved in this car is still impressive.
 

How Does It Drive?

Like the regular Taycan Turbo coupé, the cross produces a whopping 617bhp, with launch control boosting that to a scarcely believable 671bhp. The impressive 93.4kWh Performance Battery Plus offers a maximum claimed range of 277 miles. With up to 270kW DC charging capability, a five to 80% charge will take less than 23 minutes thanks to the Taycan’s 800v electric architecture. 
 
Unlike traditional fast estates, like the Audi RS6 and Mercedes-AMG E63, the Cross Turismo is less focused on lap times and more focused on helping you to navigate off-road driving scenarios. In the real world, of course, we are more interested in real driver experiences than how quick it can speed around a lap.
 
With the new Taycan Cross Turismo you do lose some performance compared with its more powerful siblings, but with a maximum of 563bhp on over-boost and 650Nm of torque for a 4.1-second 0-62mph time, it’s not likely that many drivers will be needing to go any quicker in a 2,245kg raised-up estate car.
 
It’s agreeable that straight-line pace is only a small element of the Taycan driving experience, though. The regular Taycan’s party trick is that it is the only electric vehicle (EV) currently on sale that is truly thrilling when it comes to threading together a series of corners. In Normal mode, mainly on particularly demanding roads, you do get a little more body lean in quick corners and a little more vertical movement over sharp crests. Even so, those body movements always feel controlled and utterly predictable, unlike the sometimes wayward Tesla Model S.
 
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